Alan Longmuir, a founding member of the Bay City Rollers passed away early Monday morning (US time) after a brief illness.
The group were a pop sensation in the mid-1970s with chart-topping singles like “Bye Bye Baby” and “Shang-a-Lang,” and their U.S. breakthrough hit, “Saturday Night,” which hit No. 1 in 1976.
The band’s singer Les McKeown said he’d visited his longtime bandmate in the hospital recently. “Alan was a true gentleman and a brilliant musician,” he said. “He was a brilliant guy, never had a bad word to say about anyone. We are all going to miss him so much.”
The group sold an estimated 120 million records, but Longmuir quit at the height of their success in 1976, citing pressure. The other members soldiered on with a replacement for two more years, and finally split in 1978. They reformed on several occasions over the following years with a variety of lineups, including one with Longmuir, McKeown and Wood in 2015.
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